Last Sunday Evie and I attended an American Girl Afternoon Tea Party to benfit Seattle Children's Hospital. As you know Ainsley has had a lot of surgeries and her medical bills to date are well over a million dollars. Actually that's not too bad. We have trach friends who maxed out their insurance before the child left the hospital. Most of us are fortunate enough not to worry about whether some day we might run out of medical benfits through our insurance carrier and I would venture to guess most people don't enough know what their lifetime maximum benefit is. Unfortunately in situations like ours or in the case of a catastrophic illness the bills can be unbelievably high and have devastating consequences for a family's finances. Running out of insurance benefits is a huge concern for many people in this situation.
In a way our family is fortunate (depending on how you look at it) that Ainsley's medical situation is so extreme. While she has her trach and g-tube she is classified as medically intense and because of this and the fact that she has no income of her own she qualifies for a Medicaid waiver which picks up the portion of Ainsley's expenses that her insurance doesn't cover. When Ainsley gets her trach out we could easily be in a position of needing financial help or going broke. Until then I'd like to do what we can to help others who aren't as lucky.
On top of being fun, the benefit we attended raised funds to cover uncompensated care, or to cover the medical costs that insurance doesn't pay for families in these unfortunate circumstances. This is a great cause. If you have the funds to support Seattle Children's Hospital click this link to learn more. If you want to know more about the American Girl Fashion Show or to donate to through the Star Guild click here.
The event was sponsored by Vera Bradley and the tables were decorated in her fabrics, very pretty.
The models were dressed as American Girl characters in period costumes. We learned a bit about the history of girl's fashion. This is Felicity.
All the American Girls taking a bow at the end.
They had a runway for our American Girls too. I had to plead for Evie to go up. Luckily my first shot was good because she immediately ran off the other side. I'm so glad we went because I think soon she'll be too old for these type of things.
It was really great to spend a little one-on-one girl time together. We don't get to do it enough.